Aric Almirola 08/13/2022 Aug 13, 2022; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (10) during practice and qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR Cup Series competitor Aric Almirola shocked everyone earlier this year when he announced that he no longer be racing full-time after the 2022 season, but it appears that he has suddenly had a change of heart.

Almirola has agreed to terms with Stewart-Haas Racing on Friday to return to the team’s No.10 Ford car for the 2023 season, according to sources close to the situation via

The three-time Cup Series winner initially decided that the 2022 season would be his last, stating that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“I want to win and I want to be a champion, but at the end of the day, I know that those things mean way less than being there for my family,” Almirola previously said. “I made it to the highest level of American motorsports as a professional race car driver. It’s been amazing, with a lot of ups and downs and everything in between. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Almirola has been middle of the pack thus far this season, currently sitting in 18th place in the Cup Series standings with only two more races left in the regular season.

It’s unclear if this is why he has reportedly decided to extend his full-time career at least one more year, but many are excited to hear that he will be back for another year.

Many also wonder how this news may impact Kyle Busch, as he was rumored to potentially be interested in Stewart Haas Racing as a potential new team next season.

This news now leaves only one potentially open slot on the  Stewart Haas-Racing team for the upcoming season, with Cole Custer in the final year of his contract with the team.

That could potentially be an opening for Busch, but this news regarding Almirola makes it far less likely for Busch to be headed to Stewart-Hass Racing next year.


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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.